BYOD is on the Rise, But One in Three Companies Still Aren't Concerned

BYOD is on the Rise, But One in Three Companies Still Aren't Concerned
BYOD is the term used for when employees bring their -- seemingly ever growing -- collection of electronics with them to the workplace. Whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, or notebook; employees are bringing their devices to work, and causing their IT departments headaches in the process. 

However, according to a study by Ovum, reported by ZDnet, one in three companies still aren’t concerned about BYOD and the potential security threats that can arise from users access company data on un-secure devices. The study by Ovum found that on average, more than half of the average company’s employees are accessing corporate data over a smartphone or tablet, with 62-percent of this group stating they do not have a corporate IT policy regarding BYOD.

Employees are finding ways to get their work done efficiently, whether it’s through cloud services, second screen devices, or corporate email on a personal smartphone. This means IT departments need to catch up, and find ways to monitor usage in order to protect sensitive data. Companies may need to consider enterprise apps, mobile device management, and other security measures to allow employees the freedom to use multiple devices without threatening security.

Now, with the increase of wearable devices, BYOD is about to get even more complicated as employees start wearing smart watches and fitness-monitors to work. However, it also presents an opportunity for businesses to make this technology work for them, and apps are being developed at the enterprise level for wearables. Either way, it's apparent that BYOD isn't going away any time soon, meaning IT departments need to have policies and guidelines in place, to protect company data and its employees.